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The Thrill of Winning an Astig Motorcycle

It’s one thing to be thrilled, it’s another to experience good fortune.

Rosalie Tobias, a 56-year-old Pangasinense who now works as a house help in Sta. Mesa, Manila, has both.   Ms. Tobias is the first winner of Suzuki GD110 in Eat Bulaga’s “Juan for All, All for Juan.”

“Masayang masaya po ako.  Ngayon lang po ako nakaranas ng ganito.  Ngayon lang po ako nanalo.”  (I am so happy.  This is my first time to experience something like this.  This is my first time to win.)

Indeed, blessings poured when Sugod Bahay gang Paolo and Ruby Rodriguez (in the absence of Wally and Jose) invaded Ms. Tobias’ place of work.  And, the main part was when the most practical motorcycle, GD110, zoomed in.

The “astig” motorcycle for commuting and business may find its way to Pangasinan to help the relatives of Ms. Tobias, but our lucky Juan is still thinking about it.

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You get more than what you paid for with the Suzuki GD110 – known for its sturdy performance and practicality; it is the perfect motorcycle for every Juan as it is easy on the pocket, at only Php 48,900. Its parts can also be bought piece per piece, not per assembly.  It is also fuel-efficient.

Aside from the Suzuki GD110, Ms. Tobias also got an ICC certified quarter face helmet and a GD110 jacket.

Now on its second year, this TV promo of giving motorcycles to lucky Juans was pioneered by Suzuki Philippines in 2012. This year becomes bigger and grander as Suzuki gives more chances to Filipinos as more Suzuki GD110s are up for grabs until the end of the year.

Suzuki Philippines also announces that they are revved up for the rest of the year as more activities, events and partnerships are in store. To find out more on Suzuki GD110 and other exciting activities, please visit http://www.suzuki.com.ph  and http://www.facebook.com/SuzukiBikersFed.

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Entertainment for the people

Entertainment for the people

A member of the Suzuki Philippines Stunt Team performs a Baby Back Burnout stunt on the Suzuki Thunder 125 as the crowd in Parang, Marikina shoots photos and videos of the team. The motorcycle stunt exhibition is a segment from the Suzuki Invasion, a series of Invasion events that give free service, enjoyment, and excitement for the spectators.

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Revving the Engine of Motorsports

Tadahito “Dashi” Devosora Watanabe, the Philippines’s lone representative in the 2012 Asia Road Racing Championships (ARRC), seeks to spur the growth of motorsports in the country. According to him, there are many young Filipino motorcycle enthusiasts seeking an opportunity to race for the country.

Dubbed as the Philippine Azkals of the racing industry, Dashi’s team, Team Suzuki Pilipinas, represents the country in international competitions. Similar to how the Azkals encourage Filipinos to play football, Team Suzuki Pilipinas also gives the younger Filipino racers a chance to race for the country.

The 2012 Asia Road Racing Championships

Dashi races for Team Suzuki Pilipinas in the SuperSports 600cc category in the ARRC. Though not his first international event, Dashi still adjusted to the new experience, “Nanibago lang talaga ako sa team and sa mga kalaban”.

Team Suzuki Pilipinas started racing in the ARRC in 2011. This year, the team invited Dashi to race for them. Now, he has gone through the first four rounds of the ARRC. He noted that every round, the team continues on improving.

Dashi finished 13th out of 19 in the first round in Malaysia. Then he finished 19th and 17th in the second and third rounds in Indonesia and in China, respectively. Just last September 9, Dashi posted his best record so far in the series by finishing 13th out of 23 racers in the fourth round in Japan.

Dashi hopes that his performance continues to improve in the last two rounds. Right now, his goal is to get a championship for the country.

Learning from experience

Before his impressive finish in the second race in Japan, Dashi recalls the mistake he made in the first race of the fourth round.

After racing for the 9th place in the first lap, Dashi slipped and crashed, causing the officials to raise the red flag to signal the stop of the race. According to him, he slipped because he became too aggressive and pushed the tires to their limit. He recalls that the race was stopped because many racers got involved. “Hindi ako nakatayo kaagad nang 5 minutes ata yun.”

He was rushed to a nearby medical clinic by an ambulance after he got up. The accident caused a minor injury in his backside, which he endured even in the second race, along with what he learned from his mistake.

Dashi also remembers those times when he used to race in the Underbone category. He said that unlike the underbone bikes he used in his past national races, the GSX-R 600 he is using now has more power. “Iba yung power niya kesa dun sa underbone na karaniwang nakikita sa streets.” According to him, his bike can travel up to 280kph in the racetrack.

His experience with the motorcycles completely upped another level when he transferred from the Underbone category to the SuperSports category.

Beyond the racetracks

When there are no scheduled races, Dashi spends his time doing his hobbies—or training, actually. His training activities include working out, jogging, trail biking, and boxing. Dashi said that right now, his lifestyle primarily revolves around his racing career. He does these training routines to keep his body in shape.

Just like other teens his age, Dashi also logs on the Internet whenever he has free time. He said that he often uses the Internet for social networking sites, and not for gaming. His Facebook and Twitter accounts are his means of updating his supporters and fans of his personal activities and the races of Team Suzuki Pilipinas.

Before suiting up with Team Suzuki Pilipinas for the 2012 ARRC, Dashi was a freshman college student from the University of the East in Caloocan. He said that after the 2012 series, he intends to re-enroll in the university and continue pursuing his degree.

Chasing the dream

Dashi mentioned that he envisions that the time will come when he can finally qualify for the prestigious MotoGP. As it is the world’s premier motorcycle championship, Dashi is not even thinking about winning yet. “Kahit makasali lang,” he quips.

His career goal for now is to get an international racing championship for the Philippines. According to him, all the team needs now is more experience. He said that some of the other racers had experienced MotoGP, and that what makes them wiser.

He also expressed his desires to help the younger Filipinos who like racing. Young as he is at 18, Dashi has motivated himself to become better so that he could help the younger generation of racers in the future.

The fact that he himself has not experienced enough races, Dashi got the idea of creating his own team. He said he wanted to create this racing team “para sa mga batang gusto rin ng racing, para din sa racing industry”.

While Dashi is on his way up the international rankings in the motorcycle racing industry, he will definitely be the new face of motorsports in the Philippines. From a protégé to a rising racing star, Dashi Watanabe got the country running on track towards becoming a motorsports nation.

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Suzuki’s helpful tips on cleaning motorcycles submerged in flood

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Suzuki mechanics are ready to assist you with your submerged motorcycle units with these helpful tips:

With the ignition switch turned “off”, remove spark plug and kick-start to remove water inside combustion chamber.

Then, clean the Suzuki Motorcycle Unit with clear running water (pressurized water spray recommended). If seawater flood, immediately wash and lubricate with anti-rust.

Drain the oil by removing drain plug and engine oil cap.

Apply compressed air into oil filler hole to push out remaining oil and water inside crankcase.  Replace oil and oil filter with Suzuki Genuine Oil and Suzuki Genuine Oil Filter.

Clean and dry wiring harness and check all connectors for possible dirt/mud residue. Inspect all electrical parts (CDI, IGNITION COIL, IGNITION SWITCH, ALL RELAY, ALL BULB AND SOCKET, SPEEDOMETER PANEL ASSEMBLY, AND BATTERY).

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PHOTO CAPTION: To ensure the good running condition of your motorcycle, have your unit checked and serviced by an accredited mechanic from your dealership.

Remove the air box and carburettor assembly. Clean air box assembly and replace with new air filter. Have the carburettor assembly over-hauled and make sure to clean all jets, air passage and gasoline passage.

Drain all gasoline from the fuel tank and check if contaminated with water.

Clean and lubricate throttle grip, throttle cable, clutch cable, brake cables and starter cable. Clean also the front and rear brake system and re-grease all wheel bearing. Remove and hang muffler to dry.

Remember, pressurized washing might take out the existing grease in most parts; see to it that new grease will be applied in the steering stem and other parts that require it.

Some of the items above, you can do yourself, but for the most part, the experts are on hand to serve your needs and get you back on the road. Please have your Suzuki unit checked and serviced by an accredited Suzuki mechanic from any Suzuki 3s shop or Suzuki Moto Center nearest you. For complete listing, please visit http://www.suzuki.com.ph or call Suzuki Customer Care Hotline at 902-1001.

And keep in mind to properly dispose of used oil, fuel, and filter. Those floods serve to remind us of the urgent need to save our environment.

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